Amarillo defenseman Simanovics makes NCAA DI commitment
The Amarillo Wranglers of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) are pleased to announce that Top Prospects defenseman Rihards Simanovics has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Miami University in the NCHC.
Simanovics, 19, is currently in his first season playing in the NAHL and second season of junior hockey overall. The 6’3/200 lbs. native of Riga, Latvia, has recorded 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 51 regular season games played to date in 2022-23.
His 43 points ranks tied for 3rd among NAHL defensemen and his 16 goals leads all NAHL defensemen so far this season.
Simanovics was selected to and played in the 2023 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament for the South Division team.
He also played to Team Latvia at the 2023 IIHF World Junior Championships, where he recorded two points in six games played.
“I’m extremely excited to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey and continue my studies at Miami University. I want to say a massive Thank you to my family, girlfriend, coaches, teammates and everyone else who has supported me on this journey and helped me develop as a person and a hockey player to get to this point in my life! Can’t wait to get started,” said Simanovics.
Prior to playing in the NAHL, Simanovics played hockey in Latvia for HK Mogo and SK Riga.